“How many people with schizophrenia recover?” Mike Slade, clinical psychologist and academic researcher, asks the audience consisting of mental health service users, relatives, psychiatric personnel, teachers and researchers, among others.
“Three!” says someone in the audience.
“No, seventy percent!”
“I’d guess up to seventeen percent”, says another. The answers are very varied.
“Sixty percent of people with schizophrenia recover.” That is Slade’s final answer. Further, he describes the concept of recovery.
Recovery is a process, not a state. It is unique and individual and entails the development of meaning and purpose. Recovery involves living life as well as possible.
That is the core of Slade’s presentation at the CEPI Conference in Malmö, Sweden. More about his research into recovery can be found on http://www.researchintorecovery.com/.